Ritchey Prolite WCS Handlebar

4.04/5 (25 Reviews)


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Ritchey Prolite WCS


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DANGER6 a Downhiller from Centennial,CO U.S.

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2010

Strengths:    Strength
Longevity
Color
Weight


Weaknesses:    .... good question

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bar as a teen off a guy that owned a bike shop
in Castle Rock,CO for $20. That was in 1994. I have been riding it ever since.

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Favorite Trail:   Dinosuar Ridge (unmarked)

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Castle Rock Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Stock GT garbage

Bike Setup:   1999 GT rebound
WCS Prolite bar
Bullseye Hubs
XT Derailleurs
CNC Cyclone Crank
Avid levers
Sram Shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy WS a Cross Country Rider from London, UK

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2007

Strengths:    Still going strong 16 years after I was given them, for an super-light bar that's insanely good. These are the original gold ones seen here: http://www.bikepro.com/products/handlebars/hndlbars_jpg/ss_wcs_center.jpg, they don't seem to do this exact model any more.

Weaknesses:    Too light for bar-ends or landing big drops. XC bars only!

Bottom Line:   
Ride light and they'll last forever (hopefully).

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Dave Mellor, Shrewsbury, UK

Similar Products Used:   Specialized XC

Bike Setup:   1993 Cannondale Delta V700, Headshok Super-Fatty forks, Tioga Revolver cranks, Avid BB5 / Avid SD-5R, XT/LX/STX groupset, FIR & Mavic rims, Ritchey WCS saddle.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2007

Strengths:    Light,Look good,Super price,Good for races

Weaknesses:    22" wide good for a kid, Bent from bar ends in one wipeout.

Bottom Line:   
Great for the price, But do not get if you use bar ends.

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Favorite Trail:   ALL

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   KHS AM1000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by misha lee a Cross Country Rider from Kuala Lumpur

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2004

Strengths:    Light weight, Value for money, You just put it there and forgot about it thats what I want with my bike component.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I've tried a few bars but I just love these, I've been using them for over a year with Amoeba Bar end no problem what so ever, there're comfortable, I regularly ride up to 100km and they feel really nice. Buy these bars they're cheap and they live up to what they're s'pose to do.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Easton EC90, Giant riser

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by spinjunkie a Racer from your mom's house

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2002

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    22" c'mon -- way too narrow. too thin. ritchey made it.

Bottom Line:   
Waste of time this bar is. To get the magical 125 am claimed weight, Ritchey shortened the bar to 22". Try to run twist shifters and you'll find that you run out of room on the bar fast. The end of the bar is like a wet noodle. Bar ends won't stay put.

More department-store style parts from you friend Tom Ritchey....

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   CT2's, titec, IRD


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Graham Curkendall a Cross Country Rider from Bothell, WA

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2000

Strengths:    Light, stiff, looks pretty good

Weaknesses:    A little too stiff and narrow for me, painted logos rub off easily.

Bottom Line:   
These bars came stock on my bike. They were a good width at first, but after i moved the grips in a bit to install my bar ends, they felt a little too narrow. They seem nice and stiff, but they don't absorb shock like my DEAN thermo bar does. Overall though, its an excellent stock item for a bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came on my bike

Similar Products Used:   LP Carbon Riser, DEAN thermoplastic flat bar.

Bike Setup:   S-works hardtail with lotsa carbon.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Luis Lopes a Cross Country Rider from Setúbal, Portugal

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2000

Strengths:    Very light; Beuatiful.

Weaknesses:    So weak

Bottom Line:   
Ritchey could do an handlebar even ligther... and even weaker, if you know what I mean; please don't put extenders on your handle bar, please....

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Favorite Trail:   -

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Icon; Marin lite; Aluminium ones.

Bike Setup:   BH CORONAS Replica; SID XC; Mavic CrossRide; Sh LX/XTR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Barry a Cross Country Rider from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2000

Strengths:    price was right, lightweight, 9 degree sweep

Weaknesses:    finish quality

Bottom Line:   
The 9 degree back sweep flat bar allows a bit of bar rotation so I get about 5 degree back sweep and 4 degree of upsweep, like a riser bar but with no rise, end up with a comfortable wrist/hand position and it climbs too. I bought it for $20 from Universal Cycles, a good deal. ODI lock jaws slide on easy and clamp tight, no bar ends on this bar, I'd sure want bar plugs to do that, it's thin at the ends.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   RaceFace, Coda, Syncros, Profile, Scott

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar, Manitou SXR, asst'd Race Face stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roarc a Cross Country Rider from SF Bay Area

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2000

Strengths:    Good bar I guess...Light....Lasted longer than it should of.

Weaknesses:    Needs a little more material on the ends to prevent crimping from bar ends

Bottom Line:   
They finally cracked...well I found a small fracture when I was changing my shifters. I've rode them for a little over 3 years and they have served me well. They even broke like they are supposed to...a little crack then I'm assuming total falure. Oh, I'm 160 lbs and am hard on my bike because I tend to choose poor lines...I don't notice but everone else does. The only realy problem was that if you get tourque happy on the bar ends you can crimp the ends of the bar...but any light weight bar tends to have this problem. I recomend them if your a Cross country rider...but if you are freerider look into getting a more heavy weight bar.

Good Riding:-)

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Can't remember...Hyperlites I think

Bike Setup:   Ritchey Softtail w/ Judy Sl (englund), XTR and SRAM mix, Chris King Hubs on 217 rims

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by TREE a Weekend Warrior from Seattle WA

Date Reviewed: November 20, 1999

Strengths:    
9 degree bend possiable
not sure ,storng?? (I am only 135 lbs. Can't tell.)


Weaknesses:    
Cheap looking
cheap paint


Bottom Line:   
$19 for this ,OK.
$29 for this,no thanks!!
It may not be bad for others ,but not for me.

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Favorite Trail:   
downtown Seattle

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
bonrager(5 star)



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by The Beast a Cross-Country Rider from Santa Barbara

Date Reviewed: April 7, 1999

Strengths:    
Light weight.
Good price


Weaknesses:    
The word LITE does not exist in the english language. Please don't use it!


Bottom Line:   
What can I say. I pull on them and the bike goes where I want it to. Much better than the old cut down piece of a broom handle I used to use as a handle bar. As for the Ritchey name.... I have one of his '90 frames and it kicks ass, but he'll put his name on just about any thing now-a-days.

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Favorite Trail:   
Little Pine

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Bike Setup:   
FSR Expert with RS JUDY SL-LT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dev a cross-country rider from Bay Area, CA

Date Reviewed: November 22, 1998

Bottom Line:   


These Prolite bars came on my Specialized S-Works. Had them for 2 mos now. I think the bar that had problems with breakage and barend crimping are the 123 gram Prolites. Mine is a 140 gram bar and I have clamped my barends on it supertight without any problems. Let me know if anyone has problems with the 140 gram Prolites. Also, the 5 degree bend is more comfortable on my wrists than the typical 3 degree bends without losing performance.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Barron a cross-country rider from PA

Date Reviewed: November 16, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I've had a Prolite WCS on my bike for a couple of months now. I'm not sure there is too much to be said about any handlebar, but I do like this bar quite a bit. The first time I rode with it, it was quickly apparent that it is much stiffer than my previous bar. It's also a tad shorter, and my handling feels much quicker now as a result. As others have mentioned, you can't run barends with this bar. However, I haven't missed mine at all, which surprised me. I got it on clearance for $15, so it was a good deal no matter what. It is also super lightweight, but this wasn't a factor for me. It does what I want it to do, and does it well.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Jazzy a racer from California

Date Reviewed: October 27, 1998

Bottom Line:   


While i was racing hard out on a extreme xc racing track my ritchey prolite handle bar snap in the middle causing me to break my arm and put my collar bone out of place. i say do not buy this cheap handle bar. it bites!!

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Jovan a cross-country rider from Philippines

Date Reviewed: October 21, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Good Side: LIGHTWEIGHT!!! It's less than a hair heavier than the TITEC 118, but this one's more affordable. Nice color. Very neutral.Bad Side: Do not install Bar-Ends. Do NOT!!! The Tube gets thinner at the ends.*** Good if you're looking for a lightweight bar. Bad if you want a bar-end to go with it.***

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